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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:44:54 AM »
Somethings to consider. Whole hops can cause clogging nightmare if you don't bag them. There is less organic matter in pellets due to the fact that the pellatizer removes se of the excessive vegitative matter during processing. Also pellets tend to stay fresher longer because you can purge them easier and there is less surface area to aerate the volatile oils. Also whole hops absorb a lot more wort so anticipate you efficiency to go down as far as final collection in the feenters go.

Not saying you shouldn't switch, just don't expect it to be an improvement necessarily over pellets. I know there are those who swear flowers over pellets bit there are also those of us who swear the other way round. ;)

Ingredients / Re: Why Does Carapils Get a Bad Rap?
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:14:42 AM »
don't put too much stock behind reasoning at least w/RR, Paul. When I met Vinnie a few years ago I asked him about the Cara pils and he said something to the effect that he just through it in there on the test batch and was reluctant to change it. At least that was the pression he left me with.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Observation wlp 530 vs 500
« on: October 19, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »
Wlp500 is my Belgian house strain. I use ot from everything fromy Belgian White ale to my dark Belgian specialty ales. It's a work horse strain and is easy to bottom crop unlike a lot of other Belgian strains. I  surprised it doesn't getore love.

That said 530 is one of my favorite strains as well. No telling why it pooped out on you but I do not think it was the sugar. I would actually prefer to use 530 for many of my recipes but the 500 is more versitile and is used in one oft flag ship beers.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 18, 2011, 05:18:42 PM »
Yep. Just turned twenty one. Damn, I wish! ;)

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:39:56 PM »
Thanks everyone! I actually spent all day yesterday (my b-day) kayaking in Bon Socur harbor and hanging out on the beach in Gulf Shores. Won't be back in the real world until next Saturday. Dug th HBD polka! :D

The Pub / Re: Change for a buck?
« on: October 15, 2011, 06:48:57 AM »
Uuuugh. Don't need reminded that deer season is right around the corner. All these damn red neck bastards riding four wheelers around and chucking beer cans and chip bags all over the mountain. Pick up trucks rumbling down the road all weekend and having to wear orange to hike outside my door. Sucks.

The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 15, 2011, 05:55:32 AM »
I happen to love mariachi. but apparently I can't spell pinnacle.

that's ok you can tell me about polka and I'll tell you when you've misspelled pinnacle

I have a plate of tortilla chips and guacamole, and a chilled glass of reposado in front of me as I type, so at this point, I'd be rather down with that.  Sad that it is sort of "food music", much like German oompah band music.  In the right context its spot on.

I never hated polka or mariachi, but I wouldn't say that I actively pursued listening to it until a year ago or so.  Now I have a mariachi channel on pandora that I listen to with it in shuffle mode.  I seriously like brass and always have, so polka was a little bit easier. ah yes...fits both mariachi and polka mood

Interestingly enough (for me, anyway) Mariachi music was influenced by German Oom-pah (aka Volkstümliche Musik also commonly referred to as polka) in the same way that Mexican Beer was influenced by German beer due to a large contingency of German immigrants to Mexico in the 1800's.

The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 05:42:59 PM »
no mariachi fans here i guess

I happen to love mariachi. but apparently I can't spell pinnacle.

The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 02:22:15 PM »
All of you are such fools. The thing you all fail to realize is that music hit it's pinical with polka and has been spiraling down hill ever since.

The Pub / Re: Farewell to my pal...
« on: October 14, 2011, 02:17:33 PM »
Awwe man. That sucks. He was a beautiful cat and I am sorry for your loss.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Need some advice!!!
« on: October 14, 2011, 05:14:17 AM »
Yep, that's how I grow up yeast for high gravity beers as well - by starting with lower gravity beers.

Beer Recipes / Re: Vienna Malt instead of Munich
« on: October 14, 2011, 02:37:13 AM »
IMO Munich is more aromatic.

Beer Recipes / Re: Vienna Malt instead of Munich
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:24:09 AM »
Absolutely - a good bock or doppelbock recipe can be 100% munich to the gravity specific to the style. What you have is not a traditional bock, but as Blatz says, is a blonde or maibock.

The Pub / Re: Good bye dial up, hello 2011!!! Kinda.
« on: October 13, 2011, 06:49:07 AM »
I had high speed 7 years ago when I lived in town, plus I have cable modem at the brewery and I worked in an office with high speed access up until 2 years ago. I did fall off the turnip truck but it's been a while.  :P

Alta and kolsch are traditionally filtered in cologne and dusseldorf so you will want to lager and fine for at least two weeks.

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